Southern Model Show – Headcorn – 8th/9th September


      Once again SWA attended (5th or 6th time ?) an event which nearly didn’t happen for the boating section after assorted confusions as to who was responsible for organising the various aspects and lack of communication between those parties. One result of this was a total lack of specialist trade support, however general materials and r/c goodies were available from a number of sources. Ultimately we were allocated a ‘pitch’ for our 2 gazebos in a slightly less than ideal location and, after a period of uncertainty surrounding the arrival of Pete with the second of these plus tablecloths and banners (1 hour delay on A12 due to major shunt), we were set up before the arrival of ‘punters’.


      Imperfect weather had been forecast and although it in fact remained dry, visitor numbers felt lower on both days and particularly on Sunday when the sun actually shone*. As is usual we were complimented on the standard of our display (presentation and quality of models) and had a number of interesting conversations often with modellers from other disciplines who had taken time to stray into the boating area.


      The pool (22m x 13m) ran free sailing almost all weekend and we were able to demonstrate more or less at will – I didn’t count our models on display but can say with certainty that most of them got wet.


      Many thanks to Jeff Carter, John Coster, Jeremy Foreman, Robin and Heather Lee and Peter Revill for help and support along with Barry Chapman who assisted at set up and breakdown while supporting KMBDT in between.


Hilary Breeze



* Subsequently heard on grapevine that numbers were good overall and organisers happy..